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Published December 30 2012

North Dakota's oldest state park could get makeover

BISMARCK — North Dakota's oldest state park could be getting a makeover.

Mark Zimmerman, director of the state Parks and Recreation Department, says the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan has bought 300 acres of land adjacent to the Cavalry Square area.

Park officials hope to add a new campground there to accommodate bigger motor homes and campers.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that a public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9 in Mandan to outline the plans.

There's no request in the state budget for the upcoming biennium for upgrades. Zimmerman says funding will be requested in the 2015 budget cycle and the work could be done in phases.

Other upgrades under consideration are new sleeping cabins and an in-park transportation system.